It doesn’t get much hotter than the EGG cookin’ in July! Make sure to keep yourself hydrated with a bit of whatever you’re using for the Beer Can Chicken. Ice Cream Sandwiches are also a great way to stay cool. Looking for some great ideas for a summer cook out? Try out a Pimento Cheeseburger or Dr. BBQ’s Spare Rib Surprise. Just don’t be surprised if your neighbors stop by for a quick bite when they smell what you’re cooking!
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10 chunks is way too much, IMO. you need about three 1/2 fist size for a long cook. Mix them thru the lump. With a Weber you are looking for those wisps of smoke to tell you smoke is happening, in a kamado you can smell smoke, but you do not have to see it. often called clear smoke. The airflow is so restricted a little smoke goes a long way.
Do agree the bottom vent can be a PITA. The curved surface makes it difficult to get it just right, it can be adjusted. There have been threads on folks jamming a finger so hard they sliced a deep gash in there sliding finger. Noticed my Primo Oval slides without effort as it is on a flat plain. Follow Ron's suggestion and you can adjust it.